We offer two educational tours at our orchard; one of the apple orchard and another of the corn maze. Tours are held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays beginning August 28.
(Preschool – Third Grade) This tour is designed for ages pre-school through third grade.
It lasts approximately one hour, and includes an educational presentation, a short walk through the orchard, a brief demonstration about bees, how the apples are harvested, sorted and graded, and how the cider is made. The tour wraps up with questions and answers and then the teachers will take apples and cider donuts with them for the students to enjoy. The cost of the tour is $4.00 per person, and this includes a gift and brochure that each person will receive before leaving. The minimum group charge is $60.00.
(Second – Eighth Grade) This tour lasts approximately one hour and takes place in our 10 acre corn maze. After a brief introduction to the corn maze, the students will be separated into groups of 6 to 8 students per chaperone, and given educational passports that will lead them on a self-guided tour of the maze. The passports will have agriculturally based questions that correspond to sign posts located throughout the maze. By answering the questions correctly, they will be directed to the correct pathway to the one and only exit from the maze. Students will get lost and have fun learning about agriculture along the way. This tour supports goals for Illinois Learning Standards by providing problem solving, learning how technology is used, working in teams and making connections. The materials you will need to prepare the students for this tour are available online at: Teachers Guide.
Prior to your scheduled tour, please access these sites to help generate lesson plans and activities for the tour. This tour requires a chaperone for every 6 to 8 students. The cost for students is $3.00 each. Teachers and chaperones are admitted free of charge. Each student will receive a brochure and coupon. The minimum group charge is $60.00. If you would also like donuts for your group, please order when booking your tour, the cost is $6.95 per dozen or purchased individually by adding .50 cents to each child’s tour fee.
Our shelter house can be reserved for any tour groups that wish to bring lunches. Due to the large number of tour requests last year, this year we are allowing all schools and teachers that have previously done tours with us to have preference for sign up this Fall. If you did a tour with us last year, you will have from now until September 10 to book either by phone or by email. After September 10, the tours will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis.
To schedule a tour, please contact us with your request. Please reference School Tours in the message field of our contact form. Or call us at 815.825.2158 and ask for Denice, Terry or Cherie.